Lieutenant Chuck Runnion

Emergency Management - Logistics Officer

Lieutenant Chuck Runnion

Lieutenant Chuck Runnion

A native of Waco, Texas, Lieutenant Chuck Runnion joined the United States Marine Corps in 1976 and retired after serving twenty years on active duty. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Duty stations during his career with the Marine Corps include the U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland; U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland; 1st Bn, 4th Marines, 29 Palms; CA; 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Okinawa, Japan; MCAS, Beaufort, SC, as well as Drill Instructor and Instructor, Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island.

While still on active duty, Lieutenant Runnion joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in November, 1996 and was assigned as Patrol Officer. During this period, Runnion served as a Law Enforcement Sniper on the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team; as well as, a member of the Sheriff’s Office Bloodhound Tracking Team. In January 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as Assistant Shift Supervisor. In June 2002, Runnion left the Sheriff’s Office and served two years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo as an International Police Officer. During this period, he served as Patrol Officer, Chief of Operations, Peje Police Station and ultimately as the Regional Chief of Operations Officer, Peje Region.

Upon completion of this assignment, Runnion again joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in October 2004. In July 2006, Runnion was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Southern Enforcement Division.

In 2007, Runnion was assigned to Investigations-Southern Enforcement Division and served in that capacity until he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in October 2009. Upon promotion to Staff Sergeant, he was assigned as Shift Supervisor-Northern Enforcement Division.

In February 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  He serves as the Emergency Management Division’s Logistics Officer, thereby coordinating support between local emergency response departments, as well as state and federal emergency response agencies.  In this capacity, he is tasked with providing essential personnel, services and supplies to Beaufort County and local municipalities in emergency situations.